Bondage or Liberty

Abraham had two sons…which…are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage…and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children–but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all…So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 4:22-5:1) ….
In our present verses, the two sons of Abraham are in view. “Abraham had two sons.” Although these boys (Ishmael and Isaac) were actual historical characters, they represent a spiritual allegory: “which…are symbolic.” These two sons provide a vivid historical illustration of law and grace. “For these are the two covenants.” 
Ishmael, the first of Abraham’s sons, pictures a life of self-sufficiency under the law: “the one from Mount Sinai.” Such an approach to life produces spiritual bondage: “which gives birth to bondage.” The citizens of earthly Jerusalem are also given as an example: “and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.” When Paul wrote Galatians, the Roman empire held the city of Jerusalem in oppressive bondage. Abraham and Sarah trusted in their human ingenuity, using Hagar to bear their child. Thus, Ishmael was born, a child of fleshly bondage. 
This is what our lives are like when we try to produce a Christian life by our own sufficiency. We are placing ourselves under the law (performance-based living). This is a path of spiritual bondage. We can only bring forth “fleshly Ishmaels.” 
Isaac, the second of Abraham’s sons, is a portrait of living under grace. God’s sufficiency is now the source. Isaac was born by God’s faithfulness in fulfilling His promises. Trusting in God’s faithfulness produces spiritual freedom. Heavenly Jerusalem is the example here. “The Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.” We who follow Christ have been born again with new life from above. New Jerusalem is the “hometown” to which we are headed. Spiritual freedom characterizes such citizens from above. “So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.” The Lord calls us to live by the liberating grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, renouncing all inclinations toward the bondage of self-sufficient legalism. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” 

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3 Steps To Self Mgt.

Whatever happens to you, you have to remember that you are the projector, just as when you go to a movie – that image that’s up on the screen, if you want to change the image that you are seeing you can’t go up to the screen and pull it off – Wally Amos. 
The management of self exists: yet alone it’s a vital art is one which everybody practises; but which would and could be practiced far more successfully if everybody managed themselves Self-Consciously. Self management is the child of both will and brain. 50.000 billion cells in the body 46 chromosomes gave us birth. The power of principles is that they don’t change but they can change your life.

Tool : P M A – Positive Mental Attitude – there is no such place as the past, it’s not a location, the only way you can be there IS IN YOUR MIND.

– Change of thoughts & philosophy.

– Baby steps create momentum.

– Ambition, the fuel of achievement.

If I didn’t see it in my mind, I will never see it in my experience – Walt Disney 
 

Affirm: I am a risk taker…. 

3 areas we risk in – 

1. Risk in behaviour – what we say & do. 
2. Risk in thoughts – thinking new thoughts.

3. Risk in our imagination – imaging new pictures. 

Value system : The greatest value is not what we acquire, the greatest value is what we become. Sometimes what tastes good in the mouth finally turns bitter in the belly. 

Failure is room for success, but fail well. Awareness is the beginning of change. Success is not pursued its attracted. Discipline weighs ounces and regret weighs tons. Hey it’s a choice one makes, not making a choice, its a decision one makes not to make a decision.

Conclusion :
picture a Catalogue 

3D’s

1.Desire what you expect/ wish

2.Decide what you want

3. Do it. 

“Fear knocked at the door 
Faith opened the door and 

there was no one there. 

What you fear does not exist

You are constantly making up

So go through your fears 

Grow through your fears ” – Wally Amos 

When I was Born ! 

  
Poor in money while mutual affections, courage & hope kept us going. True life’s experience is when you appreciate family, those you care for give permission to a word CAN to possibilities.When good fortune steps on your door embrace it hoping it’s not from a cursed fruit.
Well we have a lot to be thankful for don’t we – 

the lilies of the field,thorns which stand on its own and hope that refrains. As you grow old the wisdom of the old kicks in like a energy drink in your (system) body suddenly an awakening comes, that affects your philosophy and value system.

 

As you get acquainted to new cultures, arts and men of influence it brings an awareness; awareness is the beginning of change. This was patiently waiting for me when I was born to the earth. The moment you get a good break by the flip of a coin those who matter most in your life get to be called by the grave returning bank to the earth, great memories watered down by tears of joy on my chicks as I write retrospectively. 

The Good Shepherd ! 

  
He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom.—Isaiah 40:11

Who is He of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is THE GOOD SHEPHERD. Why doth He carry the lambs in His bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts His heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of His flock draw forth His compassion. It is His office, as a faithful High Priest, to consider the weak. Besides, He purchased them with blood, they are His property: He must and will care for that which cost Him so dear. Then He is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant engagements not to lose one. Moreover, they are all a part of His glory and reward.
But how may we understand the expression, “He will carry them”? Sometimes He carries them by not permitting them to endure much trial. Providence deals tenderly with them. Often they are “carried” by being filled with an unusual degree of love, so that they bear up and stand fast. Though their knowledge may not be deep, they have great sweetness in what they do know. Frequently He “carries” them by giving them a very simple faith, which takes the promise just as it stands, and believingly runs with every trouble straight to Jesus. The simplicity of their faith gives them an unusual degree of confidence, which carries them above the world.
“He carries the lambs in His bosom.” Here is boundless affection. Would He put them in His bosom if He did not love them much? Here is tender nearness: so near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is hallowed familiarity: there are precious love-passages between Christ and His weak ones. Here is perfect safety: in His bosom who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort. Surely we are not sufficiently sensible of the infinite tenderness of Jesus!